West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice – who is valued at £45m by Transfermarkt – has once again been criticised for his performance in an England shirt, this time following a 4-0 win over Kosovo.
Roy Keane’s condemnation of him before the game had even started was among the most scathing, as he said on ITV: “What he needs to improve, where do you want me to start? His positional play, I don’t think he’s been consistent enough, he doesn’t stay with runners, he’s sloppy in possession, I could go on.”
Once more @_DeclanRice had a solid game for England. He was involved in first two goals, made some crucial blocks and played his part in a good 4-0 win. Why even post match are pundits like Keane still trying to dig him out? Actually we know why Keane is….
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) November 17, 2019
There were also many West Ham fans who joined the club insider in defending the 20-year-old, who has represented the Hammers 12 times this campaign.
Looking at his performance in England’s final Euro 2020 qualifier, it has to be said that some of Keane’s comments can be proven wrong, as a pass completion rate of 98% doesn’t point to a player who is sloppy on the ball.
He also made 1 tackle, 1 clearance and blocked 1 shot during the game, helping the Three Lions to a clean sheet.
A selection of Twitter reaction to the performance, including posts from defensive West Ham fans, can be seen below:
Roy who!!! He’s the most miserable and negatine pundit ever why he’s on there I’ll never know Well done Declan
— Gerry chamberlain (@Gerrychamberla8) November 17, 2019
Roy Keane is on there to cause havoc
Its clear he’s bitter Rice chose England
Love Keane in there he livens it up the blokes tapped
— Craig Jackman (@75_chicoIron) November 17, 2019
People who actually know their football knows what Declan brings to the game.
— Alfiepgower (@alfiepgower) November 17, 2019
Hes a 20 year old playing for his country!!!
Get behind him!!!…….well done @_DeclanRice
— Paul Holden (@paulholdenwhu) November 17, 2019
Seems to of been fairly widely criticised. Unfairly in my opinion but I am biased. Just needs to keep his head down and keep progressing!
— Tom Wain (@waino57) November 17, 2019
The criticism was so unfair, he wasn’t bad, he still learning mr rice rise above the critics u will be a very good England player
— mark Scott-denness (@denzil1974) November 17, 2019